Microsoft Research India
I am a researcher in the Technologies for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India. My research focuses on building appropriate information and communication technologies that contribute to the socio-economic development of low-income communities (ICT4D). This work often encompasses human-computer interaction (HCI), healthcare, education, and other areas. Previously I worked on programming languages and compilers, for multicore processors as well as microfluidic chips. I received all of my degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I completed a Ph.D. in computer science in 2009.
A good overview of my recent work is in this talk at MIT (February 2017). It touches on the following themes:
- Mobile healthcare: We are championing 99DOTS, a new approach to monitoring medication adherence using mobile phones and innovative packaging. Thanks to the generous support of several foundations, treatment organizations, and the government, 99DOTS is now in use across every state of India. We are building up a new organization, called Everwell, to lead ongoing scale-up activities.
- Interactive voice forums: Our voice portal for citizen news journalism, CGNet Swara, continues to have impact, which we describe in detail in an ICTD 2015 paper. A smart phone application for CGNet Swara was featured by Internet.org, and described in a DEV 2014 poster. An exciting experience with community moderation of voice forums is described in our CHI 2015 paper (best paper award).
- Online education: Our lab developed Massively Empowered Classroom (MEC), a MOOC-like platform that supports blended education in India. At Learning at Scale 2015, we published a small-scale randomized controlled trial that showed learning benefits in connection with MEC. In a recent TOCHI paper, we evaluated ways of deterring cheating in MOOCs and other online environments. At Learning at Scale 2014, we gave a broader talk on our work in education.